The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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New Watch
It is now one minute past eight, I am pleased to be able to inform you. :-)

My usual watch -- the good old reliable stainless steel Citizen that I have been given as a gift from my granny 'Nari -- suffered a minor setback on Tuesday, when its strap packed in in such a way as not to be repairable. Of course.
The Marquis went and checked it out at the Watch Hospital.

So today I decided to go and buy a new strap for it, but not leather: it had to be one of those sprung metal ones. I like those. But the only ones small enough that they had at the Watch Hospital I didn't like -- I just wanted a plain one. Fortunately they can be ordered.

But since I have been spending some time wondering what exactly it is I am earning money for, I had earlier in the day decided that I wanted to have a second watch. This feels like the ultimate luxury to me :-). But I figured since I hardly ever wear any jewellery beyond my piratical gold earring and my wedding band, a pretty watch (in gold-colouring) was exactly what I wanted to have earned some money for. I found a nice pretty and elegant watch (by Citizen again, so it happens) and went for it!

It is now eight minutes past eight.

I love my new watch! (But am also looking forward to get my old one back soon...)

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Sounds splendid. Mind you, I have about (*thinks*) seven watches. Maybe eight ;-) So you know where I stand on the matter!

One should have more things to be absurdly pleased about.

That settles it then. I need more watches... ;-) I think I'd like one with a pinky type of face. Or one with rhinestone flowers on it. Or one with a colourful plastic strap... Hm... This could turn into a dangerous addiction.

I haven't worn a watch in years... my wrists are so thin that I feel silly with a great honkin' watch on it. Even ladies' ones look huge. What I need is one whose face is no bigger than my thumbnail.

Which you should be able to find; the traditional very delicate ladies' watches on fine leather straps are a classic (my mother's and her mother's and mine all look very similar). You may have to look in the more traditional jewellers rather than the high-street chains. Or, for something a bit funkier, try little girls' watches.

An obvious alternative is a pendant watch. Past Times have done some nice ones of these at various points.

[/watch consultant]

Thanks for the tips :-) I'll try that. Though my preference would be for metal. I've already got a gold wind-up pendant watch (goes with the gold chain I was wearing for my Frodo costume), but every time I lean forward the watch swings around and bangs on tables. As an antique its timekeeping is already poor without getting banged...

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